Atlas of the Facial Nerve and Related Structures PDF
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It has been more than ten years since I finished my fellowship at the Microneuroanatomy Laboratory at the University of Florida. I first met Dr. Albert Rhoton at the seventh meeting of the Japanese Society for Skull Base Surgery, held in Hakata, Japan, in 1995. I will never forget how deeply impressed I was by the anatomical illustrations he showed at that meeting. As every neurosurgeon now knows, his images detail delicate brain anatomy in a unique way, and it was something that I had never seen before. Then, from September 2003 to August 2004, I had an opportunity to study head anatomy at his laboratory. At that time, I was a board-certified plastic surgeon and a board-certifi ed neurosurgeon in Japan. Although I had been working exclusively as a plastic surgeon rather than as a neurosurgeon, Dr. Rhoton generously allowed me to study the anatomy of the extracranial region at his laboratory. This had been my major interest as a plastic surgeon, and I found in my research that the qualities of anatomical specimens varied greatly. For example, the quality of silicon injection of the extracranial region differed from the intracranial region, and this concerned me. Fortunately, at Dr. Rhoton’s laboratory I was finally able to obtain some good specimens in which the silicon was almost perfectly injected into the extracranial region.
Facial reanimation surgery has been my life ’ s work for more than 10 years, and with this book, Dr. Rhoton and I had as our goal the creation of an atlas of anatomy of the facial nerve illustrated with precisely dissected specimens, similar to the beautifully illustrated Pernkopf Anatomy . I believe that an atlas of anatomy consisting of specimens is more understandable than one with illustrations, even if they are delicately drawn. Our appreciation of basic human anatomy is not always complete, and a thorough reevaluation of the literature supplemented by detailed cadaver dissections can lead to new insights that may alter our surgical technique.
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